This is one of my favourite figurines from the Willow Tree. I bought it for my Mum when my daughter was younger and for me it represents our three generations. Do you see yourself in this figurine? I see lots of women in my practice who find themselves in the Sandwich Generation. This is where they are sandwiched between dependent children and dependent parents. This Sandwich Generation has come about in the last 20th century due to having children later in life and increase in lifespan. When you add in working, running a household and a change in hormone balance it is no wonder many women can struggle with the demands of daily life. October is World Menopause Month with Tuesday 18th being World Menopause Day, and I'm sure we will be seeing lots in the media about the Menopause. There are lots of things women can do to help relieve some of the symptoms of menopause and having the support of those around them can really help. So for all the men reading please continue as you may be able to understand and help your partner, sister, mother or work colleague.
Whether you are going on holiday in the UK or abroad, or enjoying the summer at home here are a few tips to help you stay healthy this summer.
Men's Health Week 13th to 19th June.
Some men are proactive about their health but the majority are not. What should men be looking out for with their health.
Bowel Cancer. The NHS offer a screening program for everyone between 60 and 74, although it will soon be extended to younger age groups. If you fall into this age category you will automatically be sent a stool sample kit. It is so simple to do and early detection and diagnose will improve your outcome.
Heart Disease. When was the last time you checked in on your heart, monitored your blood pressure or cholesterol? The NHS does offer health checks for everyone over 40, check with your GP to see if this is something your surgery is able to offer at this time.
Prostate Cancer. There is no NHS national screening program for prostate cancer, however if you have any concerns such as increase frequency in passing urine, blood in the urine, leaking urine or feeling like the bladder is not emptying, contact you GP to discuss if a PSA blood test is required.
Mental Health. How are you (or the men in your life) feeling. It has been a difficult few years for all of us and has had an impact on our physical and mental health. With uncertainty ahead, with cost of living increases what impact is this having? Do you (or the men in your life) talk about how you feel?
How are you feeling as we return to a new normal? There has been a lot in the media about mental health and 9th to 15th of May this year is mental health awareness week.
I see many clients who are suffering with their mental health, whether it is depression, anxiety or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There are lots of reasons people suffer with their mental health but I find a lot of clients have trauma stored in their body. This may be from bereavement, recent trauma or lots of things building up over the years. Other clients have suffered traumatic times in their childhood. PTSD is estimated to affect about 1 in every 3 people who have a traumatic experience, but it's not clear exactly why some people develop the condition and others do not.
The NHS definition of PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. This can be due to serious accidents, violent personal assaults (such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery), serious health problems, childbirth or childhood experiences. Some clients don't feel like they have had any traumas, but many behaviours can be a result of trauma. Having long work hours, not making time for oneself, always having to be good enough, or proving oneself to others can be a result of childhood experiences. Without understanding the origins of these patterns of behaviours it is difficult for life to change.
When we are asleep the brain shrinks slightly to allow the glymphatic system to do its work. The glymphtic system is a system of perivascular tunnels around the blood vessels inside the brain that promotes efficient clearing of soluble proteins and metabolites from the central nervous system. This includes the clearing of Beta amyloid, an increase in Beta amyloid in the brain is linked to the build up of plaque in the brain and can lead to dementia. The brain also needs to be well hydrated in order for the fluid to circulate and 'wash' away the debris and bring fresh oxygen and nutrients.
How can you improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.
We are all aware of the messages about how to look after our heart.